Truth Tuesday – Unshakable Focus

by Kathy

Are there days when your focus is more on your difficulties… your fears… your worries?  There is a Psalm that I have come to love when I need to be reminded where my focus must be.

Psalm 16. 

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

In this Psalm, David doesn’t focus on the situation from which he needs refuge, or that which threatens to shake him.  Rather, David celebrates God’s help in difficult times and His presence that keeps him safe and makes him joyful.

Take a look at verse 8.  It says, “I have set the Lord always before me.”    I am reminded here that not only did David know that God was always with him, but he chose to intentionally live out this truth.  Leaning on Him.  Trusting Him.  Talking to Him.  Surrendering to Him.  Instead of living in a way that believed God is distant…instead of focusing on the problems and challenges he faced, David chose to live in the light of the truth of God’s persistent presence.  As a result, David proclaimed that he was not shaken and had found joy!

Like the Psalmist, you too can choose to live in the light of the truth that God’s presence is always with you.  When you live this out, you will not be shaken  by the inevitable disappointments and detours of life.  You will stand firm in the midst of suffering or opposition.  You will find strength to press on in service to God as you live for His kingdom in this world.  You will find fullness of joy!

Wishing you a unshakable grace full week as you find joy in His presence ~

4 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – Unshakable Focus”

  1. KATHY BRISCOE says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS MESSAGE. THREE FRIENDS HAVE LOST THEIR HUSBANDS RECENTLY AND ARE GRIEVING. I LIKE TO SEND THEM ENCOURAGING DEVOTIONALS AND I BELIEVE THIS ONE TODAY WILL DO THAT FOR THEM.

    • Kathy says:

      I will be praying for God to use this devotional to bring comfort to your friends. Thank you for sharing it with them.

      Kathy

  2. Julie Phillips says:

    Why we choose to struggle in our difficulties when God is just a prayer away. it’s a mistake I make often through my journey but it’s so uplifting to see when I call upon His name, it’s as if He was anxiously waiting beside me desiring to encourage me, love on me. I was struggling with my relationship with my daughter when we had a major breakthrough…i had to really humble myself and recognize my mistakes. Right then, the doorbell rang.her best friend showed up with a bouquet of sunflowers for me. I am going to give God the credit for that. He knows all things before they happen. That was such a blessing.

    • Kathy says:

      Julie,
      Thank you for sharing how you are learning to pray and trust God for the struggles in your life. Praising God with you for His blessings of such a sweet gift!

      Love you my friend.

      Kathy

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